Noakhali contained a Hindu population of more than 400,000 in 1946. The pogrom, conducted by quasi-military organizations like the Muslim National Guard and private militia like Miyar Fauz, Kasemer Fauz and Akbarer Fauz, massacred Hindus systematically. While hundreds of thousands of other Hindus were forcibly converted to Islam. What was witnessed by the political leaders and also the global media was that the entire Hindu population was completely looted of their properties, wealth along with personal belongings. For months they were subjected to hunger, malnutrition and finally epidemic. Women had become widows and children had become orphans.
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